The Only Child (Paperback)

How to Survive Being One

Jill Pitkeathley

What is it like to be an only child, its advantages and disadvantages? How does the experience of being one affect a child's attitudes, relationships and future?

Drawing on the experiences of a wide range of 60 only children, this book explains the difficulties they are faced with and how, as adults, they have learnt to cope with these problems.
Growing up as an only child can foster a greater sense of responsibility and social skills, only children are often more sensitive and considerate to the needs of others. Yet, it can also lead to difficulties in forming close relationships and the intensity of the relationship with their parents can become oppressive.
At a time when couples are increasingly limiting their families to one child this book answers a pressing and growing need. It is a book that the parent or partner of an only child will need to understand an only child.
The Only Child, written by two authors who are themselves only children, shares the experiences of other onlies, and the stories in this book demonstrate even if someone is without siblings there are millions of others who can understand how they feel.

Publication date:

£12.99

ISBN: 9780285631489

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

The Only Child (Ebook)

How to Survive Being One

Jill Pitkeathley

What is it like to be an only child, its advantages and disadvantages? How does the experience of being one affect a child's attitudes, relationships and future?

Drawing on the experiences of a wide range of 60 only children, this book explains the difficulties they are faced with and how, as adults, they have learnt to cope with these problems.
Growing up as an only child can foster a greater sense of responsibility and social skills, only children are often more sensitive and considerate to the needs of others. Yet, it can also lead to difficulties in forming close relationships and the intensity of the relationship with their parents can become oppressive.
At a time when couples are increasingly limiting their families to one child this book answers a pressing and growing need. It is a book that the parent or partner of an only child will need to understand an only child.
The Only Child, written by two authors who are themselves only children, shares the experiences of other onlies, and the stories in this book demonstrate even if someone is without siblings there are millions of others who can understand how they feel.

Publication date: 01/03/2011

£12.99

ISBN: 9780285640153

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B00796E66M

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Reviews for The Only Child

'The only child survival guide.'

 Birmingham Evening Mail

'Narcissistic, intolerant, inflexible, unrealistic about personal relationships - spoilt brats, the lot. That's the received wisdom about lone children. Now find out the truth.'

 Guardian

'So it's not just me, after all. Virginia Ironside thought her faults unique, but a book on only children has shown that she is not alone.'

 Independent

Jill Pitkeathley

Jill Pitkeathley

Jill Elizabeth Pitkeathley, Baroness Pitkeathley, OBE (born 4 January 1940) is a British Labour Party member of the House of Lords.
Her first job was working for Manchester City Council as a trainee child care officer in 1961.
She worked in the voluntary sector, as chief executive of Carers National Association (now renamed Carers UK) for which she was awarded an OBE in the 1993 Birthday Honours. Mrs Pitkeathley was created a life peer as Baroness Pitkeathley, of Caversham in the Royal County of Berkshire on 6 October 1997.Since 1998 she has been chair of one of the lottery distributors, the New Opportunities Fund. In 2004, she was appointed chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). Lady Pitkeathley also chaired the Office for Civil Society Advisory Body until its abolition in March 2011.
Lady Pitkeathley was a founding member of ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. She is a trustee of Cumberland Lodge.